The Nets had plenty of opportunities to trade Mirza Teletovic over the off-season ... and at the trade deadline, but they didn't take the bait. They believe they need what he can be, a stretch four who can open up the paint for their quartet of bigs: Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Andray Blatche and Andrei Kirilenko.
They also believe he didn't get the opportunity. Neither does he.
"I could do a little bit more, for sure," he told Mike Mazzeo. "But you can't put me in the game for 10 minutes and tell me to make four shots. It's impossible.
"I would put anybody in my situation and see what they can do," he said. "I think it would be almost the same result or even less. ... It's tough when you don't play."
He has been getting minutes in the rotation down at Duke. As Tim Bontemps noted Friday...
Hard to say what means anything and what doesn't, but Mirza in with the starters while KG sits during the current defensive drill.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 4, 2013
Does it mean anything? At this point, probably not. But expect the Nets to see what he can do. Unlike any of the team's other bigs, he has the range. That's for sure.
- Brooklyn Nets Mirza Teletovic's plans for year 2 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York